What a Grinch Needs

You may gasp, or shake your heads, but I’ll be completely honest here.  Holidays are pretty much a pain in the butt.  They’re extra work; traditions created to induce massive spending and contrived to evoke fake holiday cheer.  Bah humbug!

I’ve never completely fallen in lock-step.  If the weather is pleasant and I’m not feeling lazy, I may get in the mood to decorate outside.  It’s a rare occasion that I bake  Christmas cookies, but I’ll happily eat any sent my way.  I finally talked hubby into getting a fake tree last year, but I don’t have any immediate plans of putting it up yet.  I’m getting tired of having people ask me what I want this year, because I don’t want to think that hard.  I’m starting to feel a knot in my stomach because I’ve only just started my online shopping for hubby and the kids, and only one of the kids has given me any kind of list.  Oldest son keeps saying that he really doesn’t want or need anything.  He’s dead serious.  He’s the most non-materialistic person in the world.  But I’m a mother, for God’s sake.  Even though I don’t buy into this game, there is no way a child of mine is not going to have some nice exciting things to open Christmas morning!

Once again, nobody knows what to buy my mother.  She’ll get the same assortment of gift cards we’ve all decided would be the most appreciated gift for her on her fixed income.  Then we’ll wonder if she really remembers to use them.

This whole deal is starting to become a little forced and humdrum to me.  It used to be a little more exciting (although a lot more exhausting) when the kids were little.  We had fun being sneaky, staying up late, sipping wine and waiting until the kids were finally asleep to load the presents under the tree.  No one could get up and look at the presents until we all were awake.  Then Big Daddy and I would load up on coffee and take pictures amid the excited shouts and squeals of delight.  It was so much easier to buy toys!

On Friday, I sent out the final bits of information, complete with a required family photo and brief letter to a potential child, to the foster care agency where we’ve applied.  There was a lot of paperwork involved, which really makes me wonder how some kids end up in crappy homes.  They check everything.  If I’ve really succeeded in not forgetting to send everything, we could actually get a call soon for a final walk-through of our home.  I’m not even sure if this is possible, but I’ve started thinking it might be fun to have a rugrat here for Christmas.  I’m thrilled to death to have my three big wonderful sons here with us on Christmas, but the real magic of Christmas is in the eyes of a young child, who has absolutely no idea what Santa may have brought.  I think we’d all get a kick out of it!

Room for one more?

9 Responses to “What a Grinch Needs”

  1. 1 Cyndi December 7, 2009 at 7:24 am

    I agree with you 100%. I’m a grinch too but it is fun with rugrats in the house. I actually enjoy Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, it’s the whole “season” (commercialism, that damn tree taking up all that space, the endless obligations, etc.) that get on my nerves. Keeping my fingers crossed that you do get a rugrat to spoil this year!! 🙂

  2. 2 Evenshine December 7, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    It’s absolutely easier NOT to be a grinch when there are small children involved. How awesome is it that you’re still on the path to fostering! Best of luck with that- hope you’re ready for another one on the couch- and y’all look great. LOVE the boxer.

  3. 3 robinaltman December 7, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    That’s an awesome picture! We are ridiculously blase about the holidays here. It’s embarrassing. The boys had no requests. I told them I’d take them clothes shopping (which they needed anyway). Guess that “Mother of the Year” award isn’t coming any time soon!

  4. 4 lynette December 7, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    even with my kids older now (my son is still faking the believing in Santa thing), i still love Christmas. i love pulling out the ornaments that we have collected over the years, each one with its own story. i love the lights. i love gathering our gently used, no longer needed possessions, and giving them away. i love sitting with my kids to help them choose the charity of their choice to donate some of their gift money to. it reminds me of what it feels like inside to be a little kid again, magic and kindness and warmth…

    we are the lucky ones.

    i trim the obligations down to only the ones we want to enjoy — we are “too busy” for the others.

    Christmas day is a day of busy kids, good food, and no place to go… sometimes we have family here, but most of the time it is just us. and that’s okay.

    les, i hope your Christmas wishes come true….

  5. 5 Consuella Banana Hammock December 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    i have to admit it, i am one of those “giddy christmas people.” love christmas. love everything about it. love to decorate and sing the same songs over and over. do you hate me?

    that being said, what you are asking for for christmas is the most amazing thing! i hope you get an addition to the family. i hope santa brings you what you want!

    • 6 les@mamaneeds2rant December 8, 2009 at 12:50 pm

      No, Consuella, I don’t hate you at all. In fact, people, even I find myself singing Christmas carols at times. I’m not always a grinch. Sometimes I feel almost festive–but when I wrote this post, I had just finished shopping online, noticed how unusually late I’ve gotten started shopping, still have very few ideas on what people want or could use, and I’m starting to panic!!!

      A little one would add fun to the holidays, but then I’d really have to scramble getting more gifts! Maybe what I really need is a nice big glass of holiday wine 🙂

  6. 7 Tammy December 8, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Love the family photo!

    It takes me awhile to catch the spirit of Christmas but once I do it’s nonstop Little Drummer Boy and Holy Night!

    Happy holidays!

  7. 8 Chris December 8, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Mmm. Holiday booze. Remember you’ve got nearly a fully-stocked bar and a son who’s rapidly increasing his knowledge of making intoxicating concoctions. 😀

  8. 9 Dawn December 13, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Christmas with only adults lacks that magical sparkle of anticipation kids bring along the way, in the days leading up to the BIG celebration.

    I love the music and Christmas lights. It’s been thirty years since Christmas carolers came to the door. Geesh, Les I almost forgot there was such a thing as carolers.

    I do hope a little girl or boy finds you and your family. That wish makes my heart sing.

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